Pitch 101 – Lightning In A Bottle

Before I begin, allow me to make some assumptions…

You are not Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrams and you don’t have a powerful agent.

Landing a show on television (or film, or internet) is akin to capturing lightning in a bottle. No one really knows what they want. No one knows what will succeed or what will fail and why.

Your odds of success increase if you have had past success. But even that is no guarantee.

In many ways pitching a show is similar to finding a job…

  • It’s somewhat easier to get a job when you have a job.
  • It would be nice to work on something you like – but not essential.
  • You need to do research.
  • It’s better if you find the right person to pitch to.
  • You need to convince that person that you are the person for the job.

Just like the job search landing a project depends on the connections you have and the contacts you make.

And not a small measure of luck.

– m


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